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Jim Broadbent on set for The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry at Minchinhampton Common, Gloucestershire
Jim Broadbent on set for The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry at Minchinhampton Common, Gloucestershire | © eOne

Film and TV

Ever wondered how your favourite places end up in films and TV dramas? Step behind the scenes and discover the National Trust places that have been the filming locations for the movies and TV shows you love.

Film and TV highlights

A photo showing the TARDIS prop used for filming Doctor Who on set at Rhosili. The TARDIS is perched on top of the cliff, overlooking Rhosili Bay beneath it in the background.
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Doctor Who filming locations 

Doctor Who is celebrating 60 years of time-travelling adventures. Discover which places in our care have been featured in alien worlds and distant times from the Bronze Age to the year five billion.

Ridley Scott directs Joaquin Phoenix on the set of Napoleon (2023)
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Filming Napoleon at Petworth House 

Discover how Petworth House provided an authentic backdrop to the drama in Ridley Scott's epic film Napoleon (2023).

Multiple people hanging a landscape painting of Dunkirk while being filmed
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Hidden Treasures of the National Trust 

Follow our conservators at work and get closer to the objects they care for in a new six-part series Hidden Treasures of the National Trust. All episodes are now available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

Jim Broadbent on set for The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry film locations 

This story follows an man who sets off on a remarkable 450-mile journey on foot. Jim Broadbent shares how the featured locations reflect the story’s themes of reconnecting with the land and embracing the unknown.

Scenes from the Netflix series Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story have been filmed at Belton House in Lincolnshire
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Bridgerton filming locations 

Find out which places were used as filming locations for Netflix's lavish Regency-era drama Bridgerton and the new spin-off series Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, released on 4 May.

Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth in Supernova filmed in the Lake District
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Supernova filmed in the Lake District 

Find out about the experience of filming Supernova in the Lake District with writer and director Harry Macqueen.

Andrew Scott in the Gilt Leather Parlour at Dyrham Park during the filming of The Pursuit of Love
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The Pursuit of Love film locations 

Discover how Dyrham Park, Stourhead and Lacock proved to be ideal backdrops for BBC drama The Pursuit of Love, starring Lily James and Andrew Scott.

Operation Mincemeat filming at Fenton House, London

Operation Mincemeat at Fenton House 

Join the cast and crew to find out how Fenton House in London came to be used as a filming location for the gripping espionage drama Operation Mincemeat.

Top filming locations

A large camera on the shoulder of a person during the filming of Wolf Hall at Montacute House in Somerset
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Stars of the screen 

Many of the places in our care have been locations for films and TV dramas. Hear from two of our filming and location managers as they discuss the most popular filming locations and share their best stories from behind the scenes.

A photo showing the TARDIS prop used for filming Doctor Who on set at Rhosili. The TARDIS is perched on top of the cliff, overlooking Rhosili Bay beneath it in the background.
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Film and television locations in Wales 

Find out about the National Trust places used across Wales in film and television including Harry Potter, Robin Hood, and Snow White and the Huntsman.

Period dramas

The lake and south front of Lyme Park, Cheshire
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Jane Austen film and TV locations 

Many properties in our care have featured in TV and film adaptations of Jane Austen novels. Here’s a list of some of the best.

The cast of Downton Abbey
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Step inside the set of Downton Abbey 

Visit the filming locations of Downton Abbey in Lacock and Basildon Park to experience the historic backdrops of the hit series and movie and find out about the filming productions.

The character of Poldark stands in a tricorn hat and long coat on the clifftop, with a mine engine house and sea in the background
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Poldark’s filming locations 

Many of the places in our care helped bring the Bafta-winning Poldark series to life, including lots of coast and countryside areas that are rich in mining and Cornish history.

Lily James and Armie Hammer get out of a classic car with its headlights glowing, in an avenue of trees, for the film Rebecca
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Explore the film locations of Rebecca 

Discover which National Trust film locations played their part as Manderley, in the 2020 Netflix adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s classic mystery.

Crimson Bedroom at Montacute House, Somerset, featured in Wolf Hall
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Visit the settings of Wolf Hall 

Wolf Hall, based on Hilary Mantel’s novels, was filmed in several National Trust properties. Here’s how to visit the backdrop of the hit TV series and imagine the Tudor times of Thomas Cromwell and Henry VIII.

A publicity shot of the cast of Belgravia
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The locations that inspired Belgravia 

Explore the historic locations that inspired Julian Fellowes when he was writing Belgravia, and those that brought it to life when it was filmed for the 2020 television series

Christmas party in Far from the Madding Crowd with actors Matthias Schoenaerts and Carey Mulligan filmed at Claydon House, Buckinghamshire
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Far from the Madding Crowd filmed at Claydon 

Discover more about the experiences of filming Far from the Madding Crowd at Claydon in Buckinghamshire.

Keira Knightley as Anna Karenina at Ham House
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Anna Karenina at Ham House 

Find out how Ham House in London was transformed into 19th-century Russia for the movie adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s novel Anna Karenina, starring Keira Knightley.

Fantasy

The Starks during Game of Thrones filming at Castle Ward
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Game of Thrones filming locations 

From historic castles to wild coastline, follow in the footsteps of the Starks and Lannisters with a visit to some of the Game of Thrones filming locations in Northern Ireland.

Luke Evans as Dracula in the 2014 film Dracula Untold filmed in Northern Ireland
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Explore the filming locations of Dracula Untold 

Find out about the Transylvania depicted in Dracula Untold, starring Luke Evans, at places we care for in Northern Ireland.

Family favourites

A large metal cauldron in the middle of a room at Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire
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Explore Harry Potter filming locations 

From Hogwarts to Malfoy Manor, explore the wizarding world of Harry Potter through the places in our care.

Dixie Egerickx as orphan Mary Lennox filming at Fountains Abbey for The Secret Garden
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The Secret Garden filming locations 

Find out about filming The Secret Garden at National Trust places, including Bodnant Garden in Wales and Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire, through the experiences of those on set.

Millie Bobby Brown as Enola Holmes, movie filming took place at Benthall Hall in Shropshire, and Ashridge, in Hertfordshire
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Solving mysteries with the filming of Enola Holmes 

Go on a mystery adventure to the filming locations of Neflix film Enola Holmes to Benthall Hall in Shropshire, and Ashridge in Hertfordshire, and find out about how these places were transformed for the production.

Two children pull a wooden sailing boat up a lakeshore beach at Derwent Water, while two more stand on the boat
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Lake District locations star in Swallows and Amazons 

Discover some of the 2016 film’s most adventurous settings, from secret moorings to hilltop farms, and find out how to see the places that originally inspired Arthur Ransome.

Angelina Jolie as Disney's Maleficent, filming at Ashridge
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Visit the Enchanted Forest from Disney’s Maleficent 

Visit the grounds of the mystical Ashridge Estate and see for yourself where the magic unfolded in Disney’s Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie.

Close up of one of the 16 triangular flowerbeds that make up the Parterre at Cliveden, Buckinghamshire. The bed is surrounded by a neatly cut box hedge and filled with neatly planted colourful flowers and shrubs. In the background the large, grand Cliveden House can be seen, raised above the Parterre.
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How Cliveden inspired Disney’s Cinderella 

Visit Cliveden and learn how features of the estate influenced and starred in Disney’s 2015 Cinderella movie.

Kristen Stewart, Snow White, Frensham Ponds, Universal Pictures
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Visit the setting of Snow White and the Huntsman 

Visit Frensham Ponds in Surrey, the backdrop of Snow White and the Huntsman. Find out about how it was filmed and what it’s like to work with a film crew in a Special Area of Conservation.

Factual series and documentaries

Julia Bradbury sits in front of the tea-room building at Watersmeet, with tables and parasols in the background
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Britain’s Best Walks with Julia Bradbury 

Discover which routes from the popular 2017 series featured three places we look after – Old Harry Rocks in Dorset, Watersmeet in Devon, and the Cheshire countryside.

Presenter Dom Chinea stands in a tent surrounded by crafted items, with Stoneywell's Leicestershire garden blooming in the background
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Make it at Market filmed at Stoneywell 

Discover more about the new BBC series, which brings the art of crafting to Stoneywell's Arts and Crafts home.

More film and TV locations

The exterior of Ferry Cottage in Berkshire near the Cliveden estate
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Hampstead filmed at Cliveden 

Find out about actor Diane Keaton’s experience of filming romantic comedy-drama Hampstead at Cliveden.

The Entrance Front of 17th century 'Planter' house, Springhill showing the whitewashed and symmetrical central block
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Death and Nightingales filmed at Springhill 

Discover how Springhill provided the backdrop for the BBC drama Death and Nightingales, starring Jamie Dornan.

A hand closes a filming clapperboard with details of the Vanity Fair scene, with an actor in soldier's uniform in the background
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Osterley Park and House stars in Vanity Fair 

Soldiers and social climbers descend on the house and estate at Osterley, in this ITV adaptation of Thackeray’s classic novel.

The cast of drama Doctor Thorne with Tom Hollander in the title role
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Doctor Thorne filming locations 

Learn about the historic houses and outdoor settings used as filming locations for television drama Doctor Thorne.

Filming equipment for BBC show Mapp and Lucia at Lamb House, East Sussex
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Mapp and Lucia filmed at Lamb House 

Find out about filming Mapp and Lucia at Lamb House, in Rye, through the experiences of those on set for the BBC comedy drama.

Filming and photography enquiries

Close-up of filming equipment and monitor at Quarry Bank in Cheshire

Search locations 

Rugged coastlines, sweeping parklands and historic buildings. With thousands of years of history on our books, we can add character to whatever you're filming.

Professional photographer filming at Brimham Rocks
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Photography and filming at the places we care for 

With hundreds of locations around the country, the places in our care are often used for filming and photography shoots. Find out what permissions you need and how to get in touch with us.

Visitor watching wildlife at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire

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